Lose a Pound Each Month

Like many people out there, I began thisย  year wanting to lose weight. I also began last year wanting to lose weight. And the year before that. And the year before that.

I feel fortunate that I don’t have to lose 50 pounds. No, it’s just those stubborn few pounds that find their way to me over the years. I would be happy if I could lose 10 pounds. Thrilled if I could lose 15.

I was happy to review the “Cinch” diet that is popular lately. I did its 5-day “fast forward,” during which I could lose “up to 7 pounds!”

Well, after 5 days of eating nothing but berries, plain yogurt, nuts, eggs, and spinach, I did lose 3.5 pounds. However, after that I gained 2 back.

I looked through the “regular”ย  part of the diet and decided that it just wasn’t practical to follow that while at the same time cooking things the rest of the family would actually eat.

So, I came up with a plan:ย  I would lose one pound a month for the rest of the year.

One pound a month! It’s very do-able.

One pound a month doesn’t sound too exciting. I calculated what my weight would be at the end of January – eh. Then I thought ahead to the end of May:ย  that was better. Then, thinking ahead to my birthday in October – I would have lost the 10 pounds! Woo hoo!

I encourage you to try it. At this point, I have lost 2 pounds this month, so I’ve “done” February as well ๐Ÿ™‚

I like this method because it doesn’t call for a drastic change – just small things that make up a step in the right direction.

Here’s to ten pounds less for each of us by year’s end. You can do it!


6 thoughts on “Lose a Pound Each Month

  1. I’d like to lose a lot more than ten pounds BUT eating is one of my main pleasures in life and I’m not sure it is worth the effort. . .

  2. Good for you, Susan!

    As a Registered Dietitian, I tend to cringe when I hear people describe grandiose weight loss plans “Biggest Loser” style. It is possible to lose ten pounds in a week–but generally what you’ve lost is water and muscle, not fat.

    I like to encourage people to set attainable goals–1/2 lb to 1 lb per week is usually reasonable. Then, I encourage focusing on developing good habits to achieve those goals, step by step.

    It sounds like you’re doing exactly what I’d recommend–and you figured it out yourself! Go you!

  3. Hi Susan,
    *waving, thanks so much for stopping by and laving your sweet words, it means a lot to me! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have been on a “healthy makeover” for a year… I was going great but then my nemisis “panic” set in and now I’m moving a bit slower… but your plan is do doable! Really I know we all focus on the “long term” i’m going to loose x pounds but if we took it day by day… meal by meal… and real food not crazy short term craziness then we will all be so much healthier… two things i am happy about that i have accompliced i stopped drinking diet soda… and all soda for that matter… and i have stopped eating at mc d’s… so not healthy!
    have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Susan,

    I love that I found your Lose a Pound a Month blog. I, too, decided that a pound a month is a decent, manageable goal. That was back on January 1st, 2011, and I am now down 9 pounds, just one short of my goal for the end of October. I’d like to keep losing a pound a month so that by January 1st of 2013 I will have lost 24 pounds.

    When I mention this to some people, I get snickers and weird looks, but 9 pounds is a start and if I can keep it up and actually lose the 24 pounds I have set as my goal, it will be worth the slow and steady pace—it’s the tortoise and the hare approach for me.


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